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Chapter 11. Developing New Modules > Introducing AmphetaDesk

11.4. Introducing AmphetaDesk

AmphetaDesk was started by Morbus Iff in January 2001 and continues in development. In this book, we will be working with Version 0.93. Apart from being a very popular tool for reading RSS feeds, AmphetaDesk's internal architecture makes it eminently hackable and a great way to learn how to use RSS feeds in your own programs. It also runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS, so most readers will be able to try it out.

The system works like this: the workings are written in Perl and HTML templates and come accompanied by an operating system-specific program that acts as the Perl interpreter. Because of this, you can access and change the source code even while the program is running, and you will see the changes happen immediately. Plus, you can add any feature you like by just dropping the correct Perl module into the right directory and writing a template file to call it.


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